President Lenin Moreno has ordered the end to all “extraordinary” surveillance activities at Ecuador’s British embassy in London.
The move follows the disclosure earlier this week of an elaborate spy operation used to monitor the activities of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has was granted political asylum at the embassy in 2012. According to an article in the British newspaper, the Guardians, the operation were ordered by former president Rafael Correa.
“From now on, security procedures at the embassy in London will be the same as at other Ecuadorian embassies around the world,” Moreno said in a Thursday statement. “I have ordered the dismantling of all additional surveillance operations in London.”
Moreno said he was unaware of the operation established by Correa and his minister of foreign affairs, Ricardo Patiña, until he read about it in news reports.
According to the Guardian, Ecuador spent more than $5 million dollars from 2012 until late 2017 on extra embassy surveillance managed by the National Secretariat of Intelligence (Senain). Moreno abolished Senain in January.